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2014 Classic Update

The 27th World Rugby Classic starts in just over four weeks and it is great to be able to report that there are a number of great players included in the squads including the most capped players for Italy, Argentina and South Africa!

                Mike Tindall former captain of England with 75 caps

                Iain Balshaw of England (35 caps)

                Dan Parks of Scotland (66 caps)

                Tony Buckley of Ireland (28 caps)

                Chris Wyatt of Wales(38 caps)

                Daffyd James of Wales (48 caps)

                Felipe Contepomi of Argentina (87 caps, record)

                Carlos Lobbe of Argentina (65 caps)

                Elvis Vermuelen of France  (20 caps)

                Julien Laharrague of France (22 caps)

                Fabio Ongaro of Italy ( 80 caps)

                Salvatore Perugini of Italy ( 83 caps, record)

                Stefan Terblanche of South Africa (37 caps)

                Percy Montgomery of South Africa (102 caps, record)

                Mike Palefau of the USA (45 caps)

                Morgan Williams of Canada (44 caps)

                James Arlidge of New Zealand ( 32 caps, Japan)

                Rueben Thorne of New Zealand (50 caps)

The Classic Week gets underway on Saturday the 8th with the “Ruck & Roll” Party in the Tent on Front Street.

And then the following day the games start in the afternoon with the British Army Masters playing against the Bermuda Barbarians as a prelude to Italy vs. South Africa and the Classic Lions vs. the USA.

Monday evening, the eve of the holiday, will feature Argentina vs. Canada and France vs. New Zealand.

Classic Team News

he World Rugby Classic may be nine weeks away but already the teams are starting to firm up as players commit to taking part in the 27th edition of the event.


New Zealand return after a two year hiatus and will be led by former All Black captain Reuben Thorne while the Classic Lions will be led by former captain of  England, Mike Tindall.

Thorne played 50 times for his country, 23 times as captain, as well as 129 times for the Crusaders and 71 times for Canterbury

He will be joined by fellow All Blacks, Kees Meuws who made 42 appearances  for  New Zealand and flanker Scott Robertson who played 23 times.

Mike Tindall played 75 times for England in the centre and was part of  England’s winning World Cup team of 2003.

He played 85 times for Bath, 181 for Gloucester and 5 times for the Barbarians.

Tindall will be joined by England International, Iain Balshaw, also a member of the 2003 World Cup team, having played 35 times for his country and 3 times for the Barbarians.

Balshaw played most of his club rugby with Bath where he appeared on 127 occasions but also at Leeds Carnegie (17), Gloucester (39) and Biarritz Olympique (69).

Dan Parks of Scotland played 66 times for his country and holds the all-time points record in the Celtic League with over 1,500 points.

His club rugby was with Glasgow playing in 107 games and also with Leeds Tykes (6) Cardiff (38) and Connacht (50)

Paddy Wallace was capped 30 times for Ireland at outhalf or centre and took part in the 2007 and 2011 Rugby World Cups.

He played 189 times for Ulster having previously also been capped for Ireland at Under-19 level.

Defending champions South Africa will be joined by France, Italy, Argentina, Canada and the United States with Australia being rested for this year.

Chris Jack, lock, player 67 times for the All Blacks ,and played 110 Super Rugby games for the Crusaders.

South Africa will be without last year’s winning Captain, Victor Matfield, as he has come out of international retirement to once again play for his country in the Rugby Championship against Argentina, New Zealand and Australia!

Apart from the Classic teams two overseas teams will here to play against each other and local opposition.

A team from the British Army will he here for all of Classic Week and will play against Atlanta Renegades, with both teams playing against a Bermuda “old boys” selection.

The Classic gets under way with a big welcome party in Hamilton on the 8th November with the Finals scheduled for the 15th.

News Release

New Zealand will return to the 2014 World Rugby Classic after a two year gap while another Southern Hemisphere country, Australia, is “rested”.

“It’s always been a question of finances” said John Kane, the Classic’s President, “as it costs about $100,000 to bring in these Southern Hemisphere teams and bringing both in at the same time is just prohibitive”

New Zealand will be joined by Argentina, Canada, Classic Lions, France, Italy, South Africa and the United States in this year’s Classic which will run from Sunday the 9th to Saturday the 15th November with a big Welcome Event in Hamilton on Saturday the 8th.

The “subsidiary” games of Classic Week are also starting to develop with the British Army, Atlanta Renegades and Old Bermuda playing each other while expectations are also high that a couple of schoolboys teams will also be visiting to play against the local talent.

South Africa, the current holders, will face a stern challenge from the Classic All Blacks who have won the World Rugby Classic a record nine times compared to five from South Africa with the Classic Lions winners on seven occasions.

Since it started in 1988 the World rugby Classic has developed into one of Bermuda’s most popular events, attracting visitors from all around the world, all here to enjoy the unique atmosphere of good rugby & corporate hospitality as well as being able to mix freely with the international rugby stars.

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